Practical learning: achieving excellence in the human services

January 23-25 2008 Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Dysgu: collaborative learning and systemic practice

Keywords: learning, utilising creativity and diversity of experience

Authors: Bill Hardy (The Family Institute, University Of Glamorgan); Kieran Vivian Byrne (The Family Institute, University Of Glamorgan)

This paper highlights how we collaborate with our trainees, who come from a wide range of Professions on one of courses here at the Family Institute. The key themes are to generate learning contexts which speak to the many professions in the room at the same time. Developing and maintaining a learning culture, a community of practice, keeps both the teachers and trainees interested and engaged in their learning. With the emphasis on reflexivity and practice based simulation we attempt to address the complexity, richness and diversity of experience we face on our courses, capturing this in a days workshop. This provides numerous learning and teaching opportunities for all those engaged.

We are constantly challenged to make our teaching relevant to multiple contexts. This paper offers some ideas about how we work with this challenge. It helps to address many of the complexities of practice, practice based research, ethical practice and professionally driven practices which can sometimes cause exchange of ideas, collaboration and respectful working to get lost.

Date: Thursday 24 January 2008, 2.30-3.00

Venue: Carrick Two

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Organised by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services in association with PEPE (Practical Experiences in Professional Education).